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|Written by||James L. Brooks|
|Directed by||Robert Moore|
|Starring|| Gene Wilder |
|Music by||Billy Goldenberg|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Producer(s)||James L. Brooks|
|Running time||100 minutes|
|Production company(s)||ABC Circle Films|
|Original release||April 14, 1974|
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